After Friday day, on which more than 200 Palestinians and around 20 police officers were injured in clashes in Jerusalem, there were new clashes on Saturday evening in which at least 90 Palestinians were injured.
The unrest has concentrated in the Damascus Gate area, where Israeli police fired tear gas and rubber bullets and injured at least 90 Palestinians, 20 of whom were taken to hospitals, The Jerusalem Post reported.
On the afternoon of that Saturday, several buses carrying Palestinians to the esplanade of mosques – a place known by Jews as the Temple Mount – blocked a road after being intercepted by police at a checkpoint near Los, Jerusalem of the protests planned for the next few hours.
As a result, after the night prayers, several people were arrested as part of new clashes in Jerusalem. Around 90,000 Palestinians have come to the mosque esplanade to attend the prayers.
Likewise, at around 1:30 am local time, a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel, and the Israeli army said they had attacked a Hamas military post in retaliation, according to The Times of Israel.
On the other hand, at least three Palestinians were wounded by gunfire by Israeli forces during protests near the Gaza border, from which several fire balloons were fired.
Clashes on Friday broke out after Israeli police stormed the esplanade of mosques on which Al-Aqsa Mosque is located after hundreds of Palestinians refused to pray after nightly prayers in protest against plans to evict Palestinian families in the Sheikh neighborhood Jarrá in East Jerusalem.
There was also a protest in this neighborhood where they were sold in riot gear and two Palestinians were arrested.
The situation has led the leader of the political arm of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), Ismail Haniya, to warn Israel that it would “pay a price”. “We say (to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu: don’t play with fire,” he said.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday that the authorities “are acting responsibly to maintain law and order in Jerusalem”.
The Shaykh Jarrá neighborhood and other areas of East Jerusalem have been the scene of this surge in recent days after an Israeli court ruled that about 50 Palestinian residents must leave their homes in the neighborhood, arguing that they belonged to Jews previously in 1948.